Monsanto Company

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Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
461 Reviews
3.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • competitive salary; great work-life balance; flexible enough to grow career in the area of your interest (in 63 reviews)

  • Great benefits and the company places a lot of emphasis on professional/personal development (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is the motto but in reality business expectation do not align (in 37 reviews)

  • Tendency to work long hours, and lots of political games (the company calls this "networking") (in 18 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Company to work for!

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    Former Employee - IT - COOP in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - IT - COOP in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working for them and they have great benefits

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy but that is to be expected with a big company

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    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    One of the best employers in the Greater St. Louis area

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Support Specialist in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company with competent leadership team. The LT is as up front concerning the state of the business as possible. Monsanto supports the Greater St. Louis area in many, many ways both financially & many volunteer hours. The company was just named #8 as one of the Best Multinational Workplaces. The total compensation package out shines other local employers.

    Cons

    Like with any company there are issues...none I to point out here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Monsanto truly values it's employees and pays well and has outstanding benefits. There are also many career opportunities and the culture is very much focused on development.

    Cons

    Monsanto operates in a matrix and it can be confusing at first and feel like some decisions are slower but it brings a lot of collaboration and networking that helps people connect and share ideas.

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    WLB

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior AA in Creve Coeur, MO
    Current Employee - Senior AA in Creve Coeur, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employee friendly. Matrix organization and therefore visibility is very good into other teams and jobs. The benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    Driving around campus is a challenge getting to and from meetings. The campus spans two sides of the highway and no way other than by car to reach the other side.
    Company growth is amazing, sometimes daunting when you are new and trying to learn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Town Halls are fantastic. Great way to keep up on all of the global events and strides by people as well as R&D.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fast paced, AMAZING company who cares deeply for their employees and customers!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great team environment. Excellent benefits and compensation. Supportive leadership and great opportunity for career growth.

    Cons

    People who are outside the company don't know how great Monsanto is nor value the company for its progressive science in agriculture technology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I Work For a Company Where "Great Place to Work" is More Than Just a Phrase

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Monsanto truly cares about their customers and employees. They have excellent benefits - including their paid time-off policies, flexible scheduling, and the understanding that their employees have lives away from work. They show this through the many things they do for their employees - including some unique programs like the Off the Job Safety group who recently gave each employee a fire extinguisher for their home. They also invest a tremendous amount of time and resources to employee development. I can honestly say that I love working here.

    Cons

    The company has high expectations and change happens frequently in order to stay ahead of the competition. In addition, they have a highly complex matrix environment that can be challenging - at times - to maneuver. Monsanto also has inherent challenges due to their reputation as the GMO leader.

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    I think that the company's intranet could be improved, because in the matrix environment it is sometimes difficult to find the person or group you need to connect with for an issue or project. The search tool does not seem to be very helpful or user-friendly. In addition,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The matrix culture works.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Learning and Development Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Learning and Development Specialist in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I have worked at Frito-Lay, Price Waterhouse and Bayer Healthcare, the culture at Monsanto us unmatched and is a true competitive advantage. Work-life balance is modeled and fostered. No wonder this is rated as a great place to work. The "matrix" allows and fosters a free flow of feedback, uncluttered by "titles." We get things done and have fun doing it!!

    Cons

    The speed of people movement can almost be too much at times. While having no silos is a great thing, Monsanto needs to watch moving folks just to move them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finest senior management I have ever seen. They are approachable, knowledgeable and people focused. They are also uniquely humble and diverse. This is a major competitive advantage!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great people to work with

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Purchasing Co-Op in Soda Springs, ID
    Former Employee - Purchasing Co-Op in Soda Springs, ID

    I worked at Monsanto Company as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    work environment is great, really diverse cuture.

    Cons

    Hiring process is pretty slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My manager is very thoughtful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    IT Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - IT Intern in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Best place to work! Dress code is really relax and they aren't strict on when you come and go. It is really a free environment. They are really big on you networking with the different departments within the company and shadowing other departments that interest you.

    Cons

    Didn't have any bad experiences. I will say training for my position probably could have been a tad bit better. But overall I still have learned so much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Best experience I could have asked for!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Creve Coeur, MO
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Creve Coeur, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The environment was super friendly. The office culture was very relaxed. Work-life balance was excellent. Really drove for networking and advancement.

    Cons

    Onboarding was slow to start. Re-orgs sometimes made things difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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